Wednesday, 13 July 2016

These Boots were Made for Walking!

Good Afternoon One and All, I hope today is a good one for and you are feeling tip top.

It's warm and sunny here so washing out, grass cut and a bit of weeding in the back garden.  There is the odd darkish cloud about but I don't think rain will come.

Thanks so much for your lovely comments on Ken's card, you are very kind and I do appreciate them.

I have another outdoor card today and this one is made for another friend who will climb her last Munro next month. It's tradition that your friends climb the mountain with you and then there's a hoolie afterwards.  Alistair had a great party after his last mountain a few years back, so now it's the turn of Cath. Now unfortunately I'm not going, cos I don't do mountains and they will have to be away early and I wouldn't get into the hotel room until the afternoon, and it's all a bit of a hassel, but I will be with them in spirit. The mountain they will be climbing is An Teallach, and it's the one our boy is named after, so here is the card;
Woodware stamp, thought this was just the perfect image for a climber, coloured with SN pens, Momento inks and Ink Dusters to make the background, with Inkylicious grass, birds and sentiment stamps.  I think I should have made the card bigger, the boots look a bit out of proportion, but that's my signature....I always get something not just quite right.

We went down to see the swans yesterday and got some great photos;
Here is Dad keeping an eye out

They were on a sort of viewing platform, what a size they are now and mum was just letting me know that I wan't to get too close, butshe was fine and didn't hiss at me, I moved off and looked back and she had sat down.....potential danger over.

As I've mentioned the swans are in the lake at our new University of the Highlands and Islands grounds and this is the uni building, there are lots of lovely paths around it, and a new installation of the Kelpies

If you look closely there is a little figure on the left hand Kelpie to she the scale, and alone one of the paths there are some of these lovely bowers, you could sit quietly and read, then the front of the building, it's all very modern.
We went in for a coffee, there is a good refectory, and when we come out the swans had got themselves round to the smaller lake,
We wondered how they did it as the cygnets won't yet be flying, so they must have walked, a man who was also watching them showed us a photo of them walking with mum leading the babies around the lake. Kicking myself that I'd missed that one.

Well it's been photo heavy today, but I know some of my lovely Followers like to some of our country side and well, swans are like Snowmen, everybody loves them. They also feel like our swans as we have followed this little family from egg sage to now. They have a super mum and dad as all eight cygnets are still there, they have been so well looked after.

Hope you've enjoyed the post today and not bored, I'm off now to make a chicken curry for dinner, and then visit your lovely blogs.
Seen you soon,


dutchess said...

Perfect image for the occasion's a great stamp and I love the sentiment.....pouring down here just now after a sunny day,back to my crafting after the tennis so enjoying playing xxxx

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

This is a perfect card for a climber Kate and I do so love that sentiment. I really enjoy looking at, photographing and adding mountains to my cards but I don't enjoy climbing them. On saying that, I do have great admiration for anyone who does climb and I appreciate that it all must be worth it when you get to the top! Thank you for the wonderful comment that you've left on my most recent post and I've replied to your question on there. Crafty hugs, Sandra X

Tanya said...

Great card Kate - I think the boots are just the right size - it all looks great! And a perfect card for a climber :) Gorgeous pics of the swans and university too, what a sweet little family :)

Enjoy your chicken curry!

Tanya xx

meg said...

The card is perfect Kate, wonderful colouring on the boots and in the background. Lovely to see your photographs and catch up with the swan family's progress, also to see the university campus it's in a lovely and green setting. Take care Megxx

Christine Harrop said...

Another great card Kate. Your friend must be very pleased with herself! Good for her. I remember climbing my first Munro!!! Not that I've climbed too many, but I have climbed in Scotland and Wales - and even the highest mountain in Ireland! I bet teh champers flows! Hugs Christine xx

cotnob said...

A super card Kate, perfect for your friend.
A fabulous collection of photographs, the cygnets are certainly doing well.

Wendy L said...

Hi Kate, lovely pics, I do like seeing other peoples pics.
Great card, I have a pair just like that, never been worn for years !!!!!

pam said...

Fabulous card for a walker Kate, do like those boot stamps.
Wonderful photos you have shared today.
Pam x

Diane said...

Awesome card design Kate and love all the fabulous pictures.

Hugs Diane

Rainey's Craft Room said...

The perfect card for your friend, beautifully themed and a wonderful sentiment too.

rachel said...

a wonderful card Kate and I love that sentiment - its so very true and I miss my best pal - he really was the best company! Lovely pictures too - love the swan pics - brilliant! Hugs rachel x

Marie-Louise said...

Brilliant card Kate and so perfect for the recipient. Lovely photos.

Sue said...

Love your card with the boots, super fun card for a guy. Pictures are all wonderful, love seeing the other side of the world, and those swans are just gorgeous.


Valerija said...

Very pretty card and photos.
Have a nice day.
Valerija xx

Hazel said...

Kate, what a great card for your climber, I have that verse it's lovely. Oh your family of swans are doing so well, they are good parents. Our Gillian has a family in the water logged field across the road from her house and like yours they are doing so well. Hazel X

aussie aNNie said...

Great photo Kate, love looking at these kind of pics. Fabulous designed creation with the boots also with ideal colour combo's.xx {aNNie}

Marianne's Craftroom said...

What a great card and fab pics, love to see them, thanks for sharing

aussie aNNie said...

I have candy if you are interested...xx


Asha said...

That is such a fun card, Kate. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pics. I love swans... so regal!
x Asha

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
what a very super and gorgeous card.
I love your very fab design of this, and I think the boots look okay.
I bet the recipient loved it.
Great inking technique, and lovely colours also.
I inked a design last night when I couldn't sleep, and forgot to copy the Sun in the water.
I am gutted as I think the rest came quite nice.
Well it's only paper, and I will have another go soon.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
forgot to say wonderful photos.

Erika said...

Hi Kate, I love your card for a walker, the boots are fab as is the sentiment. The background looks great too.
Great pics too today. I love the swans, my haven't they grown. Nearly adults now!
I still haven't visited the kelpies yet, my boys aren't interested. I might just have to go alone!

Happy crafting. Hugs Erika. x

Linda Simpson said...

Beautiful photographs, I do love your card, it would do for either female or male walker.
Linda xxx

cheryl said...

Super photos hun love the swans and the card is a great style male or female hugs cheryl xx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Perfect card for your friend. I'm sure she will love the card and her hoolie. It's a good job you didn't just say she was climbing Teallach or we'd all be calling the RSPCA lol! ........did Alastair sort out whether he was short of a munro in the end?
Best wishes.
Ang x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

A brilliant card there Kate and so understand why you dont climb!!
I wouldn't either! I dont do big hills or mountains, small "my size ones" are just fine!!

Great card and thanks for sharing some of the gorgeous parts of Gods creation over there with us too,
Thanks so much for the inspiration.
Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Pop's Cards said...

This is absolutley gorgeous, love the photos too hugs Pops x

Pamellia Johnson said...

What a great post Kate!! MOUNTAINS!! I'm with you, I don't 'do' mountains either!! lol. Your card is beautiful, your sky is so realistic, wowzers!! So many beautiful photos, I am loving all the swan shots! Such great stone figures, looks like lovely grounds! sending hugs :)

Cara said...

Those boots are fab and love the background you've created. Cara x

Sandy said...

Love all of your photos Kate - can never be too photo heavy for me.
I don't climb mountains - I prefer sitting in a cafe with some hot tea and biscuits!
Great card and those sure are heft looking hiking boots!
Sandy xx

Anet van Zyl said...

Your masculine card is beautiful Kate, love the background you created. Hugs Anet x